Socceroos' new away strip unveiled

The Socceroos' new away strip for 2014 has been unveiled.

Augmented with the latest in Nike performance innovation, the dark obsidian blue jersey gives a nod to the team’s proud football history.

The new strip is inspired by the design worn by Australia when the team qualified for their first ever World Cup final 40 years ago.

“We are now used to seeing the Socceroos at the highest levels of international competition, so we wanted to create an inspirational kit that looks back and pays homage to the first time they qualified for the world tournament in 1974,” said Martin Lotti, Nike Football Global Creative Director.

“This new kit reflects the fighting spirit and pioneering can-do attitude of that famous side.”

In another reference to the iconic 1974 Socceroos side, the jersey boasts a stylish and modern yellow Johnny collar.

The Australian coat of arms on the chest has been placed within a new shield that replicates the shape of the crest worn on the jerseys at that tournament.

Inside the back of the neck is a woven pennant tab featuring Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) logo surrounded by an inspiring quote from Peter Wilson, the captain of the 1974 Australian World Cup squad: “We Socceroos can do the impossible.”

Nike said the new kit fulfilled the players’ desire to “feel the history of our country.”

Melbourne Victory’s Celtic loanee, Tom Rogic, added: “The team’s comfort and performance on-pitch was clearly front of mind when designing the kit.

“The reference to the 1974 squad in the kit design is a reminder of the history and heritage of the Socceroos which will give us added motivation in Brazil.”

The new obsidian blue away shorts are simple and iconic. Based on fit research the look is slimmer and more tailored to the body, with a cut specifically designed to aid movement and comfort.

The centre back of the shorts features Nike’s signature laser vents to aid in cooling and allow for moisture management. The new away socks are also obsidian blue.

FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop applauded the design and its recognition of the past deeds of the 1974 Socceroo pioneers.

“The away design compliments our home strip and allows the Socceroos to take on the world’s best in Brazil in a strip that shows respect to the past but also reflects the future in what is an exciting time for the Socceroos,” he said.